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French Napoleonic Cuirassiers

Another unit off the table this week, shelf queens again being completed, the third squadron of the 9th Cuirassiers for my 1805-09 French Napoleonic army. I really enjoy painting Elite miniatures, maybe because they are quite charismatic and have ver you good poses. The new Elite horses will fit out the next regiment of French dragoons. They will line up behind my Russians, and Baden cavalry I think.CheersMatt

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Slings and stones!

Off the desk some Greek slingers that have been shelf queens for some time, decided to complete them and get them into the display cabinet before I started my Russian Napoleonics that have been glaring at me. 28mm Foundry figures, one face was miscast so I done the best I could without trying to rebuild it.These guys are quite universal and will fit in any ancient army, Greek, Roman or CarthaginianCheersMatt

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WIP Ardenne Abbey Normandy

I have commenced a big project, the Ardenne Abbey and its surrounding buildings, after visiting during DDay week with our Canadian guests. The Abbey and grounds are quite huge, around 400m square, with two entrances, surrounded by a 12ft stone wall, extensive gardens surround the main church, and trench positions or the mortar sections still exist at the rear of the Abbey church. It was the defended by the 12SS who used it as a observation post and HQ almost to the end of June. The 12SS executed 20 Canadian POWs and buried them in the garden, most were not found until after the war.I plan to make the buildings removable, but leave the gardens etc so I can use the board for a chateau and outbuildings also.CheersMatt

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DDay event at Sainte Mère Église and Carentan 2019

We visited Carentan and Sainte Mère Église for DDay this year with our Canadian guests, along with several thousand other international visitors. As we live directly south of  Caen, we thought we would approach from the St Lo direction to enter, it was a very good choice as we reached camp Arizona easily parking within 300m of the event.The para drop occurred at 11:30 first with a fly past of the C-47, who then circled and lined up for the drop, it was a great spectacle to see and bought back memories of my service with the 2 troop, 2/3 Royal Australian  Engineers attached to 3rd Royal Australian Infantry paratroop regiment.We then visited camp Arizona, a US camp which predominantly was made up of trucks and jeeps, some great civilian vehicles also.We then had lunch and back in the car travelled the back roads to Sainte Mère Église, again scoring a car park within 100m of the famous church. The place was alive and bustling with current servicemen, re enactors and visiting tourists. After walking aro

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Gaulois army project the Aulerci Diablintes

Gaulois ProjectWe have the fourth largest Gaulois Oppidium (fortified walled city) in France just a few kilometres from our Maison in Mayenne. Archeologists excavated a large amount of the city when the new motorway skirted the edge of it. Much of its twin ramparts still remain, the outer and the inner wall still have sections over 100m in length and about 3-5m high. Close by we also have the new Roman city of Jublians, built on a which capital of the Diablintes Post 60AD. My Gaulois will focus on the Aulerci Diablintes tribe along with the Aulerci Cenomani and Aulerci Brannovices tribes to make up the warbands. The Aulerci tribes were pacified by Publius Licinius Crassus (Caesars Gallic wars) during his Amorican western Gallic campaign. In 56BC they joined the Veneti Confederation against Caesar, but were defeated again by Publius Licinius Crassus. In 53BC  like thier neighbours they sent men to support Vercingétorix during his uprising, they failed to arrive in time to relieve the besieged Gallic

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Saxon / Polish Infantry GNW

Continued completion of my unfinished Polish army, I gave had these in the lead pile for a very long time, so I popped them on the desk this week, easily completed in two days. I am unsure if I will keep them as originally they were purchased for a imagination army and they are a little late for my Polish hussar army, so off to market I think.Foundry miniatures they were a breeze to paint.CheersMatt

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Saxe-Ducal Hussars 1809-12

Another rebase and touch up unit. First painted around 1995 for a Napoleonic campaign, I required some Gendarmes to patrol the interior lines, so looking through the Confederation troops I found the Saxon Ducal Hussars. Happy with how these figures have tarted up, I added a fanion from a later formation of Saxe Weimar formation. Next unit upgrade more Cuirassiers !The saxe-ducal hussars were a police/gendarme formation numbering between 30- 60 men total. Below is information from several sources, all these are from the Napoleon series.GOETZ (F.) -- Uebersicht der sämmtlichen Abbildungen des Grossherzoglich. Sächsischen Militärs in dem Zeitraum von 1775 bis 1825. (Overview of all Illustrations of the Grand Duchy. Saxon Military in the Period from 1775 until 1825.) -- Weimar, s. d. -- Album, in-folio enlarged, containing 17 pages of text and 20 plates (F. Goetz del.), dedicated to His Highness the Grand-Duke of Saxe-Weimer-Eisenach.. N° 4. Husaren, von 1775 bis 1806. (Hussar, from 1775 to 1806.) N° 9. Husaren,

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Herce Salon de Guerre, Byzantines and wargame holidays

Hot of the Herce Salon de Guerre painting desk today, the last remaining figures oof a Byzantine army commision of over three hundred figures. Painted for a long term Australian client Colin. Colin visited us in France this year at L'hotel de Herce for our personalised guided battlefeild tours of the Loire, Brittany and Normandy. We had the opportunity to walk the battlefeilds then wargame it on the tabletop at Herce Salon de Guerre. Miniatures are from Eureka miniatures and based for impetus.You can book our military history tours and wargame holidays ith us direct Herce Salon de GuerrecheersMatt

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Byzantines roll up

A few bits off the table this month, some Byzantines for Colin only 12 more bases of cavalry to complete this month. I also have been working on some Napoleonics for me along with more Celts. Mostly been building Plastic Gripping beast dark ages figures  in preparation of my next build of Breton and Maine troops to face off against my Normans for the 1063-64 campaigns and for our tour.Byzantine CommandCavalryInfantry

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Liveries of the War of the Roses

Compiled Liveries of the War of the Roses, all I have compiled so farEdward Neville, Lord Abergavenny [d.1476] – green and whiteWilliam Fitzalan, Earl of Arundel [d.1487] – red and whiteJohn Touchet, Lord Audley [d.1490] – yellow and redJohn, Viscount Beaumont [d.1460] – whiteWilliam, 7th Lord Berkeley [active until at least 1483] – redJohn Bouchier, Lord Berners [d.1474] – yellow and greenHumphrey Stafford, Duke of Buckingham [d.1460] – black and red(also Henry Stafford d. of Buckingham, d.1483).Sir Thomas Burgh/Borough of Gainsborough [d.1496] – blueGeorge, Duke of Clarence [d.1478] – murrey and blueThomas, Lord Clifford [d.1455] – whiteBrooke, Lord Cobham [Edward d. 1464, John d. 1515] – black and redSir Marmaduke Constable [d. 1518] – redSir John Conyers [d.1490?] – whiteSir Richard Croft [d.1509] – white and blueRandolf/Ranulph Lord Dacre of Gilsland [d.1461] – four stripes barry yellow and blueSir Richard Fiennes, Lord Dacre of the South [d.1483] – whiteThomas Courtney, Earl of Devon [1st, d.1458, 2nd d

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Grand duchy of Frankfurt Hussars

During the mid nineties my good friend Dean organised a Napoleonic campaign in Sydney. I had quite a large French minifig and old glory army at the time and I had just started to collect Confederation of the Rhine coalition troops. Eventually the campaign got underway and I found that I required Gendarmes to protect my rear and supply lines, so I built a number of Confederation cavalry units to meet the threat. I eventually built five hussar and light dragoon units to fulfil the role, Anhalt chasseurs, Frankfurt Hussars, Saxe-Ducal Hussars, Baden Hussars and Duchy de Berg chasseurs. This year I will be refurbishing my older miniatures bringing them up to current painting style and basing, so all of these units will be on the table at some stage.In 1806 Frankfurt lost its status as a free imperial city with the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire. Napoleon granted Karl Theodore Anton Maria von Dalberg, Prince Primate and Chairman of the Confederation Council, the former archbishop of Mainz;  received the

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Bonne Année & plans for 2019

A Merry Christmas and a Happy new years to all!I hope you all had a great Christmas and a happy new year to all my followers. We hadour first Christmas and New years celebration at L'hotel de Hercé in France after moving to Mayenne last March. It was fantastic to spend it with family and friends staying with us for two weeks from Australia. A lot good wine, champagne and food for the holidays was consumed. I received a number of great gifts from the kids and from Nessa, mostly books and a few miniatures.Plans for 2019Big plans and lots of work for 2019, our first customers arrive in March for walking guided battlefield tours and then return to wargame the battle on the table at L'Hotel de Hercé. My Priority is concentrating on completing armies that relate to battles around our house (within 1 hour drive) so we could visit the battlefield in the morning and return and fight it in the afternoon.Actually need to complete my terrain tiles, I have completed the teddy bear fur mats, I

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